Apr. 3, 2018 – Port of Bellingham Meeting

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Citizen Journalist Report for: Port of Bellingham Board Meeting, April 3, 2018

Meeting was called to order by Port Commissioner President, Ken Bell, at 4:30 pm.  Also present were Vice President Bobby Briscoe and Secretary Michael Shepard.

During the public comment session, a retired physician, Dr. Bergholz, (sp) presented for the 5th time to the Commission his concerns regarding the naming of Post Point Park.  He pointed out that Post Point was ½ mile down the beach and in fact this was “Poe’s Point” and at other times had been referred to as “Dead Man’s Point” and a couple of other names.  At the end of the scheduled agenda, President Ken Bell brought the discussion up for further action and the Port staff will look for ways to properly reflect the concern he expressed. 

The minutes of the March 20, 2018 meeting where approved.  There were six items on the Consent Agenda which were approved. Included in this was a modification of the, Lease and Concession Agreements, between the Port and rental car companies.  This item included a $3.50/day fee to paid by car renters to be used to build a $2.5 million car rental facility.

Amendment No. 7 on the Consent Agenda was also included; the Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with Wilson Engineering for surveying and drafting support, authorization of a PSA with Tinnea & Associates to provide corrosion mitigation engineering services for the Blaine Harbor Breakwater, modification of the Lease between the Port and Bellingham Aviation Services LLC at the Bellingham International Airport, approval of a lease with the Ports Bellwether property to the State of Washington and Office of the State Auditor, and authorization to apply for and accept a grant from the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) to reimburse 90% of the costs for disposal of a derelict vessel.

Four action Items all received unanimous votes of approval.  These included a 2-year lease with Lakeside Marine, Inc., at 801 Harris Avenue for non-salt water vessel repair and storage.  They also build floats and docks for fresh water.  Port Commissioner Briscoe (also a local fisherman) asked that they examine the addition of salt water vessels to their services. 

The purchase of truck scales at the cost of $106,381.42 was approved for the Bellingham Shipping Terminal.  Currently these scales are leased. 

Approved a PSA with TranspoGroup USA, Inc., for traffic engineering services of the Fairhaven Boat Launch Railroad Crossing Modifications; a contract which makes recommendations for the design of the silent RR crossings.  Cost is $36,850.00. 

Approved a Sole Source Justification and contract with Airside Solutions, Inc. for the Airfield Lighting Control and Monitoring System at a cost of $56,234.  The current system is 8 years old and recommended replacement is every 5 years.  Evidently these are closed systems with restricted proprietary access to the contract holder.  This upgrade saves $35,000 as total replacement would exceed $95,000.

There were no additional Public Comments at the end of the meeting, but it was noted that the logo for the Bellingham International Airport (BLI) has been redesigned.  Nicely done!

Meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm 

Submitted by a Citizen Journalist for Common Threads NW.